NAC News – Edition 299
Your weekly national and international naval news for the week of April 5, 2019
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- GoFundMe for Admiral Norman’s Legal Defence – After 14 months2,880 people have contributed $357,610 towards the $500,000 goal https://ca.gofundme.com/51lc5d4 (Editor – Mark Norman one of only three people DND refused to give help with legal bills in past two years https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/mark-norman-one-of-only-three-people-dnd-refused-to-give-help-with-legal-bills-in-past-two-years?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1551614581)
- The Naval Marine Archive and the Canadian Society of Marine Artists exhibition “A Retrospective of the work of Hamish Berchem, CSMA, 1932-2018”. Opening Friday 12 Apr, 3-6pm and continues to 2nd of May, held at The Victory gallery, 205 Main Street, Picton, ON http://navalmarinearchive.com/news/berchem_retrospective_2019.html
- MARITECH Full Speed Ahead: Firing on all cylinders (Call for papers opportunity) Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa ON April 23-25 2019 http://mari-techconference.ca
- Navy Bike Ride 2019– June 8, 2019 – Ottawa/Gatineau – Check out this fun family event (and yes for the serious racer, there is a competition as well!)
- 2019 Maritime Gala Ball– Saturday, June 15, 2019 Hilton Lac Leamy Gatineau QC – This event, supported by the Commander of the RCN and the Commissioner of the CCG, will celebrate the many successes of our Canadian Maritime community. This event will commemorate the past, celebrate the present, and confirm their commitment to the future. Tickets will be on sale early March 2019 so mark your calendars.
- NOABC 100th Anniversary Celebration 2-6 Oct 2019 Vancouver BC Conference Venue: BCIT Marine Campus – 265 West Esplanade, North Vancouver. UNTD Dinner in the planning stage. Conference Hotel: The Pinnacle Hotel, North Vancouver – a block booking with room rates ranging from $170 to $190 per night. Details to be confirmed and posted to the NOABC web page shortly.
- ★ Poster marks launch of D-Day anniversary | Vancouver Sun (Editor – Capt (N) Ret’d Hal Tilley is featured on the Veteran’s Affairs D-Day poster unveiled in Vancouver last Friday and is at the end of this video. Capt(N) Tilley was a member of NAC, but sadly passed recently. Join me in remembering and honouring his and all the others who participated in D-Day for their valiant service).https://youtu.be/yiCu0ZwYHn4
- The spectre of political interference linking SNC-Lavalin to the Norman trial https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/snc-lavalin-mark-norman-1.5078179
- St. John’s native shares medical knowledge in West Africa
- OBANGAME EXPRESS 19: The Royal Canadian Navy contributes to African maritime security
- HMC Ships depart for Op Projection Asia-Pacific 2019: Cyclone Helicopter
- MAN to Power Canada’s Joint Support Ships
- Canada to Modernize Pilotage Service with New Legislation
- HMCS Ottawa aids USN in submarine course
- Advisory committee kept out of the loop on veterans’ controversial new PTSD form https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/veterans-affairs-ptsd-benefits-1.5081991
- Cadets earn sea legs in HMCS Calgary http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/cadets-earn-sea-legs-hmcs-calgary/
- Parks Canada battles Arctic ice to explore crumbling wreck
- Marine 101: What happens when a ship enters Canadian waters? (Editor – Transport Canada video, basic but useful for educating Canadians) https://youtu.be/7gVDp_4RUEg
- Your Navy Today– March 2019 CALLING ALL RESERVISTS! (the notice is half way down the webpage) There are 13 positions for Naval Reservists in the ship’s company of the future HMCS Margaret Brooke. These billets are three-year, Class C positions, open to any rank and any trade. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be a part of RCN history. Any member who is interested is asked to update their Availability Report and reach out to their career manager immediately. Personnel Coordination Centre – Quebec will begin the selection process April 1, with the intent of filling all 13 positions by April 30.
- HMCS Iroquois takes leadership of Operation Apollo
- Canada’s Naval History https://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/navy/introduction-e.aspx.html
- Climate Change In Canada ‘Effectively Irreversible’: Leaked Report
USA & AMERICAS
- Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group to Depart Norfolk on Monday
- Heavy Lift Ship Hits Barge at Ingalls Shipbuilding(Editor – not much damage but the details are notable)
- USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: April 1, 2019
- NAVSEA SOIP Office Leads $21 Billion Naval Shipyard Modernization
- ★ SM-6 BLOCK IB – this will be a game changer !! https://youtu.be/rkosWsOY3Lg
- Marines Accelerating F-35C Procurement to Support Carrier Deployments; F-35B Buys Would Slow
- VIDEO: Navy Brings Mine Countermeasures Triad Together for Experiment Aboard British Ship
- Pentagon Developing Low-Yield Nuclear Cruise Missiles For Submarines
- Navy Rethinking Suicide Prevention as Rates Across Military Rise
- NSC Midgett Passes Acceptance Trials
- U.S. Judge Strikes Down Trump Order Opening Arctic, Atlantic Areas to Oil and Gas Leasing
- The Navy’s fighting to get a rare viral mumps outbreak under control after it stranded a US warship at sea
- Expanded Panama Canal Marks 1,000 Days of Operations
- What to expect from maritime parade to mark Chinese Navy’s 70th Anniversary? http://eng.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-03/21/content_9455717.htm
- South China Sea on a precarious strategic edge https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/south-china-sea-on-a-precarious-strategic-edge/
- The Strategic Consequence of the Diego Garcia Dispute
- In for the long haul (part 1): good news and bad news about the frigate transition (Editor – sound too familiar…)
- U.S. Amphibious Assault Ship In South China Sea With Unprecedentedly Large Load of F-35Bs
- Collaboration key to developing shipbuilding innovation and capability
- Full steam ahead for Naval Shipbuilding College
- The Chinese navy’s marine corps, Part 2: Chain-of-Command reforms and evolving training
- U.S. delivers six patrol boats to Vietnam amid deepening security ties
- The rising tide in the Andaman Sea
- Philippines Protests “Maritime Militia” Buildup Off Thitu Island
- Indo-Pacific Endeavour ’19 wraps up Sri Lanka visit
- Indian Navy commissions sixth Mk IV LCU
- Amid tensions with Pakistan, India cleared to buy 24 Seahawk helicopters
- Malaysia to Build Ship-To-Ship Facility in Johor Strait
- World’s Largest Iron Ore Port Expects Higher Exports Post Vale
- Record-Breaking 270,000 cbm LNG Carrier In The Making
- DSME Names Four Ice-Breaking LNG Carriers
- China Dives Into Deep-Sea Mining
ATLANTIC & EUROPE
- ★ NATO at 70: More than a military alliance (Editor – first-rate hour long podcast)
- US Navy’s newly re-established 2nd Fleet to lead 18-nation Baltic Sea drill BALTOPS
- Russian Baltic Fleet warships strike air, naval and coastal targets in drills http://tass.com/defense/1052152
- Spain gives green light for five F-110 frigates https://www.janes.com/article/87656/spain-gives-green-light-for-five-f-110-frigates
- NATO ships visit Odesa
- Russia launches seventh Improved Kilo-class submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
- Russia Says It Will Add 180 New Warships by 2027 (But There Is a Big Problem)
- Three Named as Suspects in Helge Ingstad Collision
- Russian Navy chief chairs meeting on batch production of diesel-electric subs
- ★ Russia scores scientific point in quest for extended Arctic continental shelf
- Russian large amphibious assault ship holds live-fire artillery drills in Barents Sea http://tass.com/defense/1052130
- Russian navy eyes naval engines in Asia to bypass Western sanctions
- Portsmouth Naval Memorial restored for D-Day’s 75th Anniversary
- Study maps ‘extensive Russian GPS spoofing’ https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47786248
- Kongsberg to Equip Belgian Research Vessel
- 1,100 mutilated dolphins have washed up on French beaches
- Saudi Arabia quietly on verge of going nuclear
- Saudi Arabia’s missile race
- Commander CTF 150, Commodore Darren Garnier, strengthens relationship with Egyptian Navy
- Canada increases contribution to multinational counter-terrorism naval task force
- ★ Satellite plane-tracking goes global
- ★ GPS Rollover Happens April 6
- IMO Works to Clamp Down on Illicit Shipping Practices
- World’s First Hydrogen Boat – Energy Observer https://youtu.be/pgdXbe1in64
- Pirates Kidnap Four Crew Members from Contships Vessel
- The Ocean Cleanup System Needs to Speed Up
- New Edition of The Principles of Navigation Released
- The fight for Africa’s fish https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ampstories/africafish/index.html
- Japanese Whalers Kill 333 Minke Whales, Many Pregnant
- A modern web-based global vessel application and your new porthole into the world’s shipping (Editor – a commercial activity that shows just how amazingly connected shipping can be) https://www.exactearth.com
- ★ German U-Boat Action Pacific (Editor – a story I hadn’t heard before) https://youtu.be/kZ8P01lLOeY
- ★ WW1 Arctic Ghost Ship (Editor – amazing true story) https://youtu.be/PbzEnPiVpNg
- Finding the ship lost for more than 300 years https://www.bbc.com/news/av/stories-47791179/finding-the-ship-lost-for-more-than-300-years
- Fast Facts: What are the Doldrums? (Editor – not a NDHQ posting?) https://maritime-executive.com/article/fast-facts-what-are-the-doldrums
SIGNIFICANT RCN DATES – APRIL
(Trial portion of NAC News. Month by month building a comprehensive list of significant RCN/Maritime events – if you see any glaring omissions or errors please inform me, and more modern significant dates are welcomed. The list draws from LEGION magazine, the Directory of History and Heritage’s comprehensive “Significant Dates in Canadian Military History”, and the “Canada Channel”)
- 1 April 1733 Canada’s First lighthouse lit for the first time, using coal from nearby Morien and Spanish River; the round 200 metre tower, made with cement from limestone burned in local kilns, is the First fireproof concrete structure in North America. Louisbourg, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1873 Wreck of luxury liner SS Atlantic, sailing from Liverpool to New York; the ship was turning into Halifax Harbour to get coal, but struck a reef in the foggy night near Mars Rock, Meagher’s Island, near Terrance Bay – 546 people drown in heavy seas, while local fishermen manage to save 300. Prospect, Nova Scotia
- 1 April 1941 RCN armed merchant cruiser Prince Henry intercepts two German ships off Peru; ships scuttled.
- 1 April 1959 New St. Lawrence Seaway opens for business; will be officially dedicated June 26 by the Queen and US President Dwight Eisenhower.
- 2 April 1887 US seizes Canadian sealing ships in North Pacific; other seizures on the 9,12, and 17th. Juneau, Alaska
- 3 April 3, 1935 Lt(N) J. P. Connolly appointed Commanding Officer, charged to raise a RCNVR unit in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 3 April 1996 Members of the Canadian Forces ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry. Ottawa, Ontario
- 3 April 2007 Royal Assent given to the Veterans’ Bill of Rights; PM Harper says Ottawa will establish an ombudsman for veterans, so the government can respond quickly and fairly to any concerns of veterans. Ottawa, Ontario
- 4 April 1949 Canada signs the North Atlantic Treaty with Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the U.S.; becomes founding member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization; NATO members pledge to defend each other in event of Soviet attack. NATO is Canada’s first peacetime military alliance. Washington, DC
- 5 April 1958 Ripple Rock blown up with 1.2 tons of Nitramex, in world’s largest non-nuclear explosion to date; the reef was a shipping hazard just below the surface of Seymour Narrows near Campbell River that had sunk or damaged 119 vessels and caused the death of over 100 people. Captain George Vancouver called the narrows “one of the vilest stretches of water in the world.” Campbell River, BC
- 6 April 1954 HMCS Magnificent, Canada’s second aircraft carrier, sails from Halifax on her last voyage; she will be replaced by HMCS Bonaventure. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1948 RCN’s aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent commissioned to replace HMCS Warrior. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 7 April 1991 HMCS Athabaskan, Terra Nova and Protecteur arrive home from Gulf War; ships left in early August; Huron leaves for the Gulf to help enforce the embargo against Iraq. Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 8 April 1945 cruiser HMCS Uganda joins British Pacific Fleet. Hong Kong, China
- 9 April 1929 – Canadian Ambassador Vincent Massey protests against sinking of Canadian schooner I’m Alone; crew released; case of rum-runner to go to arbitration. Washington, DC
- 10 April 1836 Hudson’s Bay Company steamship Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver and has her boilers and paddles connected; left London August 29, 1835 under the command of Captain David Home under sail alone; rounded Cape Horn and called at Juan Fernandez and Honolulu en route; SS Beaver will be used to service trading posts between the Columbia River and Russian America (Alaska); 1862 chartered by the Royal Navy to survey and chart the coast of the Colony of British Columbia. Portland, Oregon
- 11 April 1940 Burrard shipyards begin building corvettes and minesweepers for action in the Battle of the Atlantic. Vancouver, BC
- 11 April 1962 The Government of Canada announces plans to build eight frigates and buy three submarines.
- 14 April 1828 The 18-gun sloop Acorn sinks off Halifax with the loss of 115 men.
- 14 April 1944 HMCS Swansea and HMS Pelican combine to sink the German submarine U-448 in the North Atlantic. Swansea’s second kill in less than six weeks.
- 15 April 1814 Kingston Navy Dockyard launches two warships, the Prince Regent and the Princess Charlotte; under Commodore Sir James Yeo, they will blockade the American fleet in Sackett’s Harbour and capture Oswego, restoring Canadian control of Lake Ontario in the War of 1812 and ending the threat of US invasion. Kingston, Ontario
- 16 April 1945 German U-Boat U-190 torpedoes and sinks Royal Canadian Navy Bangor Class minesweeper HMCS Esquimalt 8 km off Chebucto Head, near the entrance to Halifax harbour and the Halifax lightship; forty-four of her ship’s company are lost in the last major naval loss of the War; U-190 will surrender May 11; will be sunk ceremonially on October 21, 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- 23 April 1947 HMCS Malahat re-commissioned as Victoria’s Naval Reserve Division; originally commissioned as naval recruiting centre January 15, 1944. Victoria, BC
- 25 April 1945 Canada one of 50 nations attending founding United Nations Conference on International Organization, opening in San Francisco; will approve United Nations Charter on June 26. San Francisco, California.
- 25 April 1967 Commons passes Bill C-243, “The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act,” unifying the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations; act comes into effect February 1, 1968.
- 26 April 1945 HMCS Ontario, a cruiser, is commissioned.
- 28 April 1818 U.S. Senate ratifies the Rush-Bagot Convention, signed April 28 and 29, 1817, making it a lawful treaty of the United States; limits naval forces on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. Washington, DC
- 29 April 1944 HMCS Athabaskan and Haida fight two German destroyers off Ile de Bas, France, and drives a flaming German warship aground. German torpedo boat T-24 sinks HMCS Athabaskan; 128 lose their lives and 86 are captured.
- 30 April 1884 Victoria coal baron Robert Dunsmuir starts building the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway, later known as the Vancouver Island Railway, to support the coal and lumber industry, and the Royal Navy Base at Esquimalt Harbour; on August 13, 1886 John A. Macdonald will drive home the last railway spike at Cliffside near Shawnigan Lake.
- 30 April 30, 1941 German U-boat torpedoes Canadian passenger ship Nerissa off Ireland; 73 Canadian Army personnel lost. Atlantic Ocean
- 30 April 1943 The Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, Royal Canadian Navy, takes over control of all shipping movements in the western North Atlantic under the title of Commander-in-Chief Canadian North West Atlantic.